ESCANABA — Fans of Escanaba’s Annual Christmas Parade may need to show up early and rethink their prime viewing spots — this year’s parade will be a little backwards.
“It will still go to the Civic Center, so the parade will route itself won’t change, it just goes in the opposite direction,” Escanaba DDA Director Craig Woerpel told the city council Thursday.
In years past, the parade had traveled from the Catherine Bonifas Civics Center to Ludington Street and then traveled east to city hall. However, there has been an influx of new businesses on the western end of the street in recent years, and some of those businesses were unhappy with the congestion caused by the parade’s eastward route.
In light of the concerns, this year the parade line up will start at city hall and travel west.
“There was discussion about going down into the park area and starting down that way. My concern personally is that adds several more blocks to people who are walking the route, and there’s quite a few people who do walk that route,” said Woerpel.
The direction isn’t the only change to the Christmas Parade. This year the parade will start at 6 p.m. — a whole hour earlier than past years.
This is the first year the DDA will be responsible for the parade and Woerpel told the council there will also be an event at the Escanaba Marketplace during the parade, where people can warm up with some hot chocolate.
The parade is set for Dec. 1, and Woerpel encouraged anyone interested in participating in the parade to visit the DDA’s website, www.escanabadda.org, to register.
Above information found at the Daily Press website, authored by Ilsa Minor: https://www.dailypress.net/news/local-news/2023/11/escanabas-christmas-parade-will-see-some-changes/,